Facebook Friday announced the launch of Facebook Safety for Journalists, an initiative to help journalists protect themselves and their accounts on the social network.
Catherine Cole, who works on journalism partnerships for Facebook, and head of global safety Antigone Davis announced in a Facebook Media blog post that the social network worked in consultation with the European Journalism Centre, the Committee to Protect Journalists, ConnectSafely, the Inter American Press Association and the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to create resources for journalists on Facebook, continuing the mission of the Facebook Journalism Project, which launched in January.
Cole and Davis described the initial components of Facebook Safety for Journalists:
We are introducing a dedicated page to our Facebook for Journalists website to provide information for journalists on topics relating to online safety, such as how to turn on two-factor authentication, manage privacy settings, moderate comments, block harassment, control location sharing, help protect communications, report abusive content and impersonation and respond to being hacked.
We have created a Facebook Safety for Journalists Guide on these topics, as well, which will be available in the coming weeks in multiple languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
On the site, you will also find instructional videos that we have produced in partnership with the European Journalism Centre that focus on best practices for safety on Facebook.
European Journalism Center director Adam Thomas added in the blog post:
For 25 years, the European Journalism Centre has been training and protecting journalists worldwide. Facebook, as one of the world’s largest social media platforms, now plays a central role in the sourcing and distribution of news. Helping journalists to navigate, understand and remain secure on digital platforms is a core part of the European Journalism Centre’s work, and this new collaboration with Facebook is an important part of that.